Things to do

It's the most wonderful time of the year and we are fortunate enough to be spending it in the most wonderful place.  

Our county is home to some of the UK's best Christmas markets and all round festive fun, and, this year, Yorkshire promises a tree-mendous Christmas.  

Flamborough Fire Festival

This year the Flamborough Fire Festival is promising to be the most spectacular ever!.. as the Festival organisers plan to burn a Viking Longship at this year’s event which will take place at the New Festival Arena in Flamborough on New Year’s Eve. The Team have been working hard, all summer, building Flamborough’s very first Viking Longship and the Festival’s Organiser, Jane Emmerson, tells us that she’s looking “absolutely resplendent!" 

The burning of the Festival’s Viking Longship is just one of the new attractions to this year’s Festival with others being; a ‘Sea of Flames’ which will surround the burning Longship, a Torchlight Procession involving all the Festival’s visitors, even more Flamborough Fireballs in action and a move to the New Festival Arena, on the Village Green to accommodate even more spectators!

Grassington Dickensian Festival

Make a note in your diaries to visit Grassington’s legendary Dickensian Festival at the most magical time of the year – this Christmas.

Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the picturesque village of Grassington is transported back to the time of Dickens, with shopkeepers, villagers and visitors dressed in Victorian costume. Just imagine soaking up the festive atmosphere of the cobbled streets, with a warming mulled wine or hot chocolate, next to the festive glow of an open brazier.

York Early Music Christmas Festival 

Join us for the antidote to a chaotic Christmas and set the tone for a relaxed and music-filled yuletide with the National Centre for Early Music's much-loved annual York Early Music Festival - celebrating its 20th anniversary! 

Ten events over eight days, highlights of which include Bach's Christmas Oratorio presented by the Yorkshire Bach Choir, and a mix of established and new artists including Voces8, Joglaresa, Ex Cathedra, Spiritato and The York Waits.

A Victorian Christmas at York Castle Museum

Take a stroll over the cobbles of York Castle Museum’s twinkling Victorian street, Kirkgate, and experience the true magic and traditions of days gone by. Journey back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated over 150 years ago on Kirkgate; the ideal backdrop for a month of Christmas festivities, music and cheer.

Walk under the beautiful garlands, enjoy the intimate glow of our decorated Christmas trees, listen to carols, meet our Victorian residents and discover original Victorian Christmas gifts displayed in the shop windows.